'Southland' Renewed by TNT For 10 Episode Fifth Season

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May 4th, 2012

via press release:

A message from Michael Wright, president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM):

TNT’s Southland will return.

I’m proud today to announce that TNT has ordered 10 episodes for a fifth season of Southland, scheduled to begin in February 2013.

Season after season, critics and fans alike have championed TNT’s Southland as one of television’s best dramas. This year, the show has not only solidified its impassioned fan base, but also picked up some new young-adult devotees along the way.

In its fourth season, Southland centered its focus on four primary characters played by four outstanding actors:

Michael Cudlitz as Officer John Cooper, who bounced back from surgery and an addiction to painkillers only to be put under the microscope of a new partner.

Shawn Hatosy as Officer Sammy Bryant, who chose to give up being a detective and return to the streets as a uniformed patrolman.

Regina King as Detective Lydia Adams, who faces probably the biggest challenge of her life, becoming a mother.

Ben McKenzie as Officer Ben Sherman, who became a full-fledged officer only to risk his career and the life of his new partner.

And speaking of new partners, this year’s Southland featured terrific performances by Lucy Liu and Dorian Missick. Lucy Liu’s Officer Jessica Tang gave Cooper a run for his money when it comes to personal baggage. And Dorian Missick’s Detective Ruben Robinson provided exactly the kind of experienced parental insight Lydia needed as she prepares to embark on her new life as a mother. We also enjoyed great guest performances by Lou Diamond Phillips, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Marla Gibbs, Carl Lumbly, Tracey Walter and, as the unforgettable Officer Dewey Dudek, C. Thomas Howell.

TNT’s Southland found new ways this year to get under our skin with scenes and events that electrify us emotionally:

• Ben lashing out with a venomous rage we’ve never seen before when he attacks a pimp and has to be dragged off by Sammy.

• Lydia finally coming to terms with her pregnancy after being attacked and stabbed by a gang member.

• Tang hiding a toy gun’s safety tip in order to cover up a horrible mistake.

• John using his own personal story as a gay man to prevent a teen from committing suicide.

• Sammy lying slumped over and bleeding in his patrol car after he and Ben are slammed in a collision.

• John and Tang discovering a body in the wheel well of a minivan (a macabre image I’m sure few of us will ever forget).

We are very proud of Southland and grateful to everyone involved in the series, including executive producers John Wells, Chris Chulack and Jonathan Lisco; creator Ann Biderman; and our partners at Warner Bros. Television. We look forward to going deeper into the lives of Southland‘s extraordinary characters and the streets they struggle to keep safe next year.

  • SarahL

    I like Ben McKenzie. He has matured as an actor and does some good work even when the writing on Southland has let him down.

  • Ellen

    This is one of the finest TV shows on television…..can’t wait to tell my husband tonight. Thank you Southland producers!!!!

  • John A

    Not many comments about renewel?

  • guy

    THANKS. One of my favorite shows. Love these characters and stories.

  • peter

    Southland, Fringe, The Good Wife, Supernatural, Justified, The Borgias, Star Wars: The Clone Wars,…

    All my faves are getting renewed. Now i’m just waiting for Nikita, Alcatraz, Awake (lol no chance) and The Killing.

  • Ram510

    Best news all day!!! But I was hoping Southland would have got at least 13 episodes

  • bsp

    I’ve watched every minute of every episode of Southland. My favorite cop show since the Jimmy Smits era of NYPD Blue.

  • Justin

    And NBC is going (Censored)(Censored)(Censored) Why did we cancel it!!!!

  • Rodrigo

    So The Borgias has been renewed?

  • Rodrigo

    Never mind. Just saw the post about the Borgias renewal. Yippee!

  • JasonR

    In the litany of cop shows out there Southland is definitely one that stands apart. I’m glad TNT is continuing to give it a chance, which is more than I say for NBC which at this point I’m sure they would be grateful to have that show back on their network.

  • chrisss

    @ JasonR

    NBC may be in a dire state, but there’s no chance they wish they had a show that does 0.6’s.

  • dcindep

    10 episodes isn’t a season, its a friggin’ MINI SERIES!

  • Barbara

    I wish it wouldn’t take so long between seasons. Since there are so few episodes it seems like we don’t see them often enough.

  • Johnny G

    SO. DARN. HAPPY! If Happy Endings gets renewed as well, every show I love will be back next season!

  • USAmerica1st

    Great show, great news. One of the deserving shows that keeps going and going.

  • Tom

    I’ve followed SOUTHLAND from the very beginning and it continues to be the best police drama on TV. Lucy Lou really knows how to kick butt…I’d hate to be a crook with her after me!

  • Michael

    The Borgias was already renewed, so you can cross that off your list as well.

  • groove365

    Great news! This is the only time I watch TNT.

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